Arafat's Envoy

BARRY IVERSON FOR TIME

Nabil Shaath — Yasser Arrafat's ambassador to the world

Perhaps Yasser Arafat can't move in Ramallah, but Nabil Shaath, the embattled Palestinian leader's ambassador to the outside world, can't keep still in Cairo. First he's making a cell-phone call to the State Department. Then he's at the Arab League headquarters. Then it's off to a television studio. In a hotel suite overlooking the Nile, he's finishing up a TIME interview and is about to do another with the Tel Aviv daily Yedioth Ahronoth. His mission is not only to win safeguards for Arafat's life. "We have to proceed back to the peace process," he says.

The optimistic remark...

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